Famous Deaths in 1977

Deaths 1 - 200 of 273

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Jan 2 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 5 Onslow Stevens, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life), dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Alexey Kozlovsky, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69

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Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

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Jan 14 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60

  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, US composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hayes, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Walter Baldwin, actor (Gay Amigo), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 92
  • Jan 29 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • Jan 29 Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • Feb 1 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy's Gang), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Ralph Graves, actor (Extra Girl), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 22 Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
  • Feb 26 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, American blues guitarist, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Feb 27 Allison Hayes, actress (Attack of 50 Foot Woman), dies at 47
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • Feb 28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71
  • Mar 3 Percy Marmont, actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon), dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 5 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 5 Moses Pergament, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver (b. 1949)
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 8 Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 E Power Biggs, English organist/composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 14 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, dies at 63
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Antonino Rocca, Argentine professional wrestler
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 24 Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
  • Mar 27 Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
  • Mar 27 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer, dies at 89
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • Mar 30 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 1394 runs), dies
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 8 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • Apr 21 Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 27 Stanley Adams, actor (Lillies of the Field, Thunder Alley), dies at 61
  • Apr 28 Ricardo Cortez, American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, composer, dies at 73
  • May 9 James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71

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May 10 Joan Crawford, actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 26 Jim Boles, actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63
  • May 26 William Powell, rocker (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
  • May 31 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)
  • Jun 2 Forrest Lewis, actor (Great Gildersleeve, Ichabod & Me), dies at 77
  • Jun 2 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist/composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Stephen Boyd, Irish actor, dies of heart attack at 45
  • Jun 3 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • Jun 3 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)
  • Jun 5 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • Jun 6 Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jun 9 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • Jun 13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • Jun 13 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)
  • Jun 14 Alan Reed, actor (Fred Allen)/voice (Fred Flintstone), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Robert Middleton, American actor (Barney-Monroes), dies at 66

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Jun 16 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • Jun 19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • Jun 19 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (b. 1889)
  • Jun 20 Abner Biberman, actor (Imhook-Kodiak), dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician (b. 1943)
  • Jun 25 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 25 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 26 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • Jun 26 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Anton D Hildebrand, children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • Jul 2 Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 3 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • Jul 4 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 6 Oedoen Partos, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

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Jul 9 Alice Paul, American suffragist, dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jul 10 Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • Jul 12 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • Jul 12 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • Jul 19 John R Powers, US director model bureau, dies at 80

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Jul 19 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jul 20 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • Jul 20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • Jul 21 Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • Jul 23 René de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 26 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Karac Plant, son of Robert Plant, dies of respratory failure at 6
  • Jul 29 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • Jul 31 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 Alfred Lunt, actor (Guardsman, Sally of Sawdust), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Makarios III, [Michail Mouskos], archbishop/pres (Cyprus), dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 87
  • Aug 9 Edward Chapman, actor (Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Vince Barnett, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies

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Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Aug 19 Groucho Marx, NYC, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • Aug 21 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • Aug 22 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • Aug 23 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • Aug 24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 26 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Heinz Rottger, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
  • Aug 27 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Steve Dunne, actor (Professional Father), dies at 59
  • Aug 29 Jean Hagen, actress (Dead Ringer, Shaggy Dog, Arena), dies at 54
  • Aug 29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31
  • Sep 1 Ethel Waters, actress (Beulah)/singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek musician (b. 1899)
  • Sep 4 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • Sep 4 Jean Rostand, French biologist (b. 1894)
  • Sep 5 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant (b. 1897)
  • Sep 6 Guido Pannain, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Paul Burkhard, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Zero [Samuel J] Mostel, US actor (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 62
  • Sep 9 John Breeden, actor (Madame Racketeer, Salute), dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28